Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


Desktop PCs and the Windows desktop: Endangered species?

  1. #1


    Posts : 22,579
    64-bit Windows 10

    Desktop PCs and the Windows desktop: Endangered species?


    The PC industry worldwide sold 136 million desktop PCs last year, along with 160 million traditional notebooks driven by keyboards and touchpads. Those big numbers explain why Microsoft is feverishly improving the desktop experience for "the next iteration of Windows."

    At the Build Developer Conference earlier this year, Microsoft officially announced plans to return the Start menu to “the next iteration of Windows,” along with a new option to run Metro/Modern-style apps in their own windows on the Windows desktop.

    Microsoft Executive Vice President Terry Myerson made the announcement at the Build Day 1 keynote on April 2, 2014. You can watch the clip on YouTube below, with Myerson's remarks coming a little more than two hours in to the morning’s proceedings.
    Read more at: Desktop PCs and the Windows desktop: Endangered species? | ZDNet



      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Adelaide
    Posts : 1,338
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)


    I guess they haven't read this yet:
    Sales of Big Smartphones Are Totally Killing Tablets - Windows 7 Help Forums

    We must be entering the "Post-Tablet" world.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Tablets and smartphones are a nice portable traveling solution. At home, I still want a desktop or large laptop.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Posts : 91
    windows 7 & 8


    Why do I feel I am always being lectured to by Microsoft?

    <yawn>

    I am going to cut my afternoon classes
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Quote Originally Posted by RBS View Post
    Why do I feel I am always being lectured to by Microsoft?

    <yawn>

    I am going to cut my afternoon classes
    With no intention of rudeness, possibly because you appear to be still at school?

    I was familiar with the MS talk.- I did not feel I was being talked down to. Microsoft are trying to please the users who have complained of the two major differences - the start menu and multiple windows. fwiw, there are many such complainers on this site and other forums.
    Why not show some cooperation with their attempts to please, instead of cynicism and sarcasm every time they utter a comment. One can understand their apparent secrecy and scarcity of comment, in these circumstances.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Posts : 91
    windows 7 & 8


    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by RBS View Post
    Why do I feel I am always being lectured to by Microsoft?

    <yawn>

    I am going to cut my afternoon classes
    With no intention of rudeness, possibly because you appear to be still at school?

    I was familiar with the MS talk.- I did not feel I was being talked down to. Microsoft are trying to please the users who have complained of the two major differences - the start menu and multiple windows. fwiw, there are many such complainers on this site and other forums.
    Why not show some cooperation with their attempts to please, instead of cynicism and sarcasm every time they utter a comment. One can understand their apparent secrecy and scarcity of comment, in these circumstances.
    With no intention of rudeness, possible because they make me feel like I am back in school.

    I did not say "talked down to" I said "lectured". I have heard so many "lectures" about the New Start Menu, it is like a broken record. They need to shut-up, simply tells us when it is going to be out and then do it. I think I have shown cooperation with them since they started Windows 8 and now on to 9, what has it been 5+ years from when Ballmer first started his discussions.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #7


    I've been in IT for 25 years and if I had a nickel for every time I heard that the "PC is dead", I'd be a wealthy, retired ex-IT guy". If they predict this long enough, they'll eventually be right...
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #8


    San Diego, CA
    Posts : 178
    Windows 10 Tech Preview 10041 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by azasadny View Post
    I've been in IT for 25 years and if I had a nickel for every time I heard that the "PC is dead", I'd be a wealthy, retired ex-IT guy". If they predict this long enough, they'll eventually be right...
    Exactly. I've been hearing the reports of the death of the PC for decades now. I'll always have a PC, as it's my main work and gaming machine at home. I love my smartphone, and my tablet, but I can't use Dreamweaver on either, so they'll never replace my PC.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #9


    Gee! What could I say? Endangered Species? Indeed, not for us old timers.
    I built my first PC in ~1980 out of spare parts I scrounged up. That old PC with a 20 meg hard drive and two full height floppy disks, launched me into the computer repair business. The PC I'm on right now, I built in 2005 and I've upgraded it several times since then to keep it running at its MAX capability. Windows 8 and a touch screen just isn't for me. I've tried it and didn't like it at all.
    I'm still running XP-Pro-SP3 here.

    Cheers Mates!
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #10


    Posts : 37
    Win 8.1 Upd 1 Pro


    "PC is dead" ???

    NOPE. Not yet, anyway.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Desktop PCs and the Windows desktop: Endangered species?
Related Threads
So I rebooted my computer after a crash, and after logging in the screens were completely black and my mouse & keyboard was unresponsive. I did Crtl + Alt + Del which brought up the correct menu, and after I exited it I was put onto the start menu, which was blank. Just like the login screen and...
How to Set or Unset Bing Homepage Image in Bing Desktop as Desktop Background in Windows 8 Bing Desktop is available for computers that are running XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8, as well as Windows Server 2008 and 2012, and is available in English (US), English (UK), French, German,...
Just noticed this and found it kinda annoying. The instance i was in was watching some youtube videos, then i decided i was finished and closed the desktop by dragging down and throwing it away. Firefox was minimized. But i noticed the video was still playing in the background. Is this supposed...
Hi after I restarted my computer I noticed desktop.in files, is this normal, and can I delete them?
Hi. I'm a Windows 8 newbie, so go easy on me :think:. I'm trying to RDP from my new Windows 8 laptop to an XP desktop, both of which are on my home network. When I try, I get the below error... Remote Desktop can't connect to the remote computer for one of these reasons: 1) Remote access...
I don't know what to call the old desktop since the tile version is called Metro. But when working on the old desktop version and you want to clear everything off the screen and just view the desktop, where is the button for this? XP had this button, but cant find it on W8.
Is that right? Just downloaded Windows 8, been having a few problems (firefox/internet explorer crash everytime I open it, chrome is the only one that works), but the one I want to know if it is correct or not, is when I rick click on the desktop all my icons/taskbar disappears, then pop back up...
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook